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Material and Symbolic Circulation between Spain and England, 1554–1604

Edited By

Anne J. Cruz

ISBN 9780754662150
Published April 28, 2008 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

Separated only by a narrow body of water, Spain and England have had a long history of material and cultural interactions; but this intertwined history is rarely perceived by scholars of one country with a view toward the other. Through their analyses of the various modes of exchange of material goods and the circulation of symbolic systems of meaning, the contributors to the anthology-historians and literary critics-investigate, for the first time, the two nations' express points of contact and conflict during these historically crucial fifty years. Focusing on the half-century period that began with the marriage of Mary Tudor to Prince Philip of Spain, and spanned the reigns of Philip II and Elizabeth I of England, the essays in this anthology demonstrate and problematize, from the perspective of Spanish cultural history, the significant material, cultural, and symbolic contacts between the two countries. The volume shows how the two countries' alliances and clashes, which led to the debacle of the 'Invincible Armada' of 1588 and continued for decades afterwards, held enormous historical significance by shaping the religious, political, and cultural developments of the modern world.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: 'Crossing the Channel', Anne J. Cruz; Part 1 Material and Symbolic Exchanges: The frustrated unity of Atlantic Europe: the roles of Spain and England, William D. Phillips Jr; The view from Spain: distant images and English political reality in the late 16th century, Magdalena de Pazzis Pi Corrales; From Drake to Draque: a Spanish hero with an English accent, Elizabeth R. Wright; Vindicating the vulnerata: Cádiz and the circulation of religious imagery as weapons of war, Anne J. Cruz. Part 2 Circulating Fictions of the Other: Sketches of Spain: early modern England's 'orientalizing' of Iberia, Barbara Fuchs; 'The body of a weak and feeble woman': courting Elizabeth in Antonio Coello's El conde de Sex, Maria Cristina Quintero; Heretical stars: the politics of astrology in Cervantes' La Gitanilla and La Española Inglesa, Frederick A. de Armas. Part 3 Wars of Discourse, Discourses of War: The politics of providence: history and empire in the writings of Pietro Martire, Richard Eden and Richard Hakluyt, David A. Boruchoff; Libels and other weapons: the written word as an adjunct to naval warfare, Carla Rahn Phillips; Peace with England, from convenience to necessity,1596-1603, Bernardo J. García García; Bibliography; Index.

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Anne J. Cruz is Professor of Spanish at the University of Miami, USA. She is series editor of Hispanisms, University of Illinois Press, and President of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry.


’Taken as a whole, the ten essays in this well-documented and fascinating collection make it very worthwhile for historians and literary scholars of Early Modern Spain and England.’ Parergon